ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Peter Schulte

Associate Fellow

FotoDepartment of Philosophy,
University of Zurich, Switzerland
E-Mail: peter.schulte@uni-bielefeld.de


Peter Schulte studied philosophy and German literature at the University of Tübingen, UNC Chapel Hill and Bielefeld University. He obtained his PhD in philosophy at Bielefeld University in 2008. He has held lecturer positions in philosophy at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (2010-2012) and Bielefeld University (since 2012). His "Habilitation" ('second book') was completed in 2016; since then, he has served as a "Vertretungsprofessor" ('stand-in professor') at Saarland University (winter 2017/18) and Humboldt University Berlin (winter 2018/19).

Current Main Research Interests

The main focus of my current research is the nature of mental representation. Simply put, my aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the causal, informational and functional underpinnings of representational capacities. I'm also interested in the nature of perception, the relationship between perceptual representation and perceptual constancies, the differences between vision and olfaction and the recent controversy about 'plant cognition'.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Schulte, P. (2018). Perceiving the world outside: How to solve the distality problem for informational teleosemantics. Philosophical Quarterly, 68, 349-369.
  • Schulte, P. (2017). Can plants perceive? In C. Limbeck-Lilienau & F. Stadler (Eds.), The Philosophy of Perception and Observation. Contributions of the 40th International Wittgenstein Symposiums, Vol. XXV, Kirchberg a. W., Österreichische Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft, pp. 228-230.
  • Schulte, P. (2017). A guide to naturalizing semantics: Postscript. In B. Hale, A. Miller, & C. Wright (Eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Second Edition, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 190-196.
  • Schulte, P. (2015). Perceptual representations: A teleosemantic answer to the breadth-of-application problem. Biology & Philosophy, 30, 119-136.
  • Schulte, P. (2012). How frogs see the world: Putting Millikan's teleosemantics to the test. Philosophia, 40, 483-496.